Over 15mn cars and light trucks will be sold in the U.S. this year, with majority of them powered by a gasoline engine. This means that there would be additions to the list of environmental friendly cars of 2013 which is already a competitive segment now.
The sales of this car have always been quite healthy since its debut back in December 2010. In 2012, the sales were up by 5%, but despite such good signs, the car has failed to live up to the expectations of its manufacturer. The long-term sales targets were reiterated by CEO Carlos Ghosn, however he was highly disappointed with the figures. The present market may be filled with a number of 100% electric models, but the Leaf still remains to be the most established among all.
Tesla Model S
This car may not come cheap but is still regarded to be the most celebrated among them all. Controversies surrounded the car some months back when a journalist wrote in his review that the vehicle ran out of power during his test-drive. On his part, Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, accused the journalist of flunking the car intentionally. But amidst all this, the car proved to be too good a performer as far as its sales figures are concerned.
Ford Focus Electric
This fully electric vehicle running on a liquid-cooled lithium battery system gives an MPG of 105. Price can be a big factor with the base price of the standard sedan standing at $16200, while the electric version can set one back by $40000. But in this increasingly competitive segment, this car still can be a great choice.
This car was first introduced back in 2008 and got released in end of 2010. But since then, the ride has not been a smooth for this car and its maker. In 2011, the NHTSA showed concerns regarding the car’s battery which they thought to be susceptible to fire. Sales were a bit mediocre in 2011 with just 7500 units being sold. However, in 2012, the sales tripled with a figure of over 22800 units.
Toyota Prius Plug-in
As far as the environmental friendly cars are concerned, this one here is the leading one among all. Introduced in Japan back in 1997, the company unveiled the car globally in 2000. The Prius comes with the tag of being the first hybrid car to be mass-produced. So far it has also been the most successful one in this segment. In electric mode, the car can travel for about 11 miles providing 95MPG. After that, it shifts to hybrid mode at 50 MPG.
Ford C-Max Energi
This one is C-Max Hybrid’s plug-in version. It may save money on gas, but it is only recommended for those who are committed in helping the environment, as it comes with a price tag of $33000.